Sugarland responds to lawsuit

February 21, 2012

Country duo Sugarland denies any wrongdoing in the stage collapse that killed seven people and injured dozens of others before the band’s scheduled Aug. 13 Indiana State Fair concert. In court documents filed Monday, the group called the tragedy “a true accident or Act of God” and said the victims “knowingly and voluntarily assumed and/or incurred the risk of injury to themselves." Sugarland, a defendant in a class-action lawsuit seeking damages in the collapse, blamed others for not evacuating the grandstands despite deteriorating weather. But Indiana State Fair Commission chief Cindy Hoye has testified that the band twice refused to delay the concert.